Thursday, July 31, 2008

Liturgy Empowers Mission

Quoting Professor Harold L. Senkbeil from his book Dying to Live: The Power of Forgiveness.
...Liturgy always empowers mission, and mission always leads back to liturgy.
There’s no separating the liturgical life of the church from the mission of the church; they are organically one piece. The two find common nourishment in the incarnate flesh of Jesus Christ, who is our life. As the Father sent Him, so He sends His church, cleansing her by water and the Spirit to be his holy bride. And so, for as long as she is in this dying world, the church proclaims her heavenly Husband’s life-giving invitation:
The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. (Rev. 22:17)
Harold L. Senkbeil,
Dying to Live: The Power of Forgiveness
(St. Louis: CPH, 1994) 135.

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